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Old 02-23-2009, 08:42 AM
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I want to install a seachest for my bait pumps in my 27 Contender. Is there anywhere to buy or should I just build it myself?

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I don't know how you could buy one (?)

The ones I've seen are basically boxes built-in with some big azz holes or through hulls through the bottom of the boat on diesel inboards. The top of the chest is above the waterline. Got room for this?

I'll add that if this is a DIY project you'd better know what you're doing with fiberglass...

Why do you want a sea chest on a CC?
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I want to install a seachest for my bait pumps in my 27 Contender. Is there anywhere to buy or should I just build it myself?

Thanks for the responses.
This is what mine looks like, it feeds three live wells. The pumps are 1600 GPH each. This setup reduces the number of thru hulls in the bottom of the boat, and the pumps never loose prime, which makes them last longer. I've also seen sea chests for pumps welded up out of stainless. Make sure a put in a "burp" valve for when you haul the boat.

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Since this picture I replaced the PVC valves with bronze ball valves.

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Emailed a pic of one....You can buy them from Crook and Crook.....
oh well....dk beat me to it!!!!!!


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Speckulator,

This I believe will be going in one of your past Contenders. I bought my Contender from Obessed Koonass. The hull is a 98 and I have seen Awlgriped and repoweredwith 250 HPDI's. She is still a brute.

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I want to install a seachest for my bait pumps in my 27 Contender. Is there anywhere to buy or should I just build it myself?

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This is what mine looks like, it feeds three live wells. The pumps are 1600 GPH each. This setup reduces the number of thru hulls in the bottom of the boat, and the pumps never loose prime, which makes them last longer. I've also seen sea chests for pumps welded up out of stainless. Make sure a put in a "burp" valve for when you haul the boat.

Works great.



Since this picture I replaced the PVC valves with bronze ball valves.
I can't see where it's getting the supply water from- how is water introduced into the chest?
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I want to install a seachest for my bait pumps in my 27 Contender. Is there anywhere to buy or should I just build it myself?

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Call Fred Herman at Small Craft Inc. in Miami 305-667-0135. Fred makes a great sea chest system. It should be an easy retro fit as most of Fred's clientel are Contender owners. He also does VERY nice work imo.
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I can't see where it's getting the supply water from- how is water introduced into the chest?
Two high speed pickups feed the pipe nipples on the port side of the box. Reduces 5 thru hulls down to two. As mentioned the PVC valves replaced with bronze, and all valve, elbow and straight nipples were nickle plated. (Not shown in the photo)

Here is a stainless setup on a Sea Vee. I'm using two of these sea cocks for flow reasons.

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I did some work on a sport fisherman a while back that had a molded sea chest built into the bottom of the boat. It was about 8-10" square and had a access plate bolted to the top of it (which, according to the captain, was above the waterline). The pumps weren't located inside the sea chest like the pictures in the previous posts. It had seacocks bolted to the outside of the sea chest with hoses leading to the various pumps. It seems to me to be a more practical setup for pump replacement.

The boat also had what the captain called "the dump box". Basically a sea chest in reverse. All the various onboard sources of water (a/c, shower sumps, etc.) were drained into this box and then out the side of the boat just above the water line. The advantage was no thru hull fittings on the side of the boat. The opening for the dump box blended in with the boot stripe and was hardly noticeable. I think the bilge pumps were on separate fitting but I don't remember.
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I have battled pumps that will not keep prime and I am tired of the situation. I am going to do this box but I awaiting a call back regarding cost. I appreciate all who have posted.
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What is the benefit of this sea chest? I have 2 bait wells in the boat, currently only using 1 but could use the second. I have a small sled, 26 foot Pursuit.
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What is the benefit of this sea chest? I have 2 bait wells in the boat, currently only using 1 but could use the second. I have a small sled, 26 foot Pursuit.
1.) Pumps last longer, they never loose prime as they are always submerged. Running them dry (priming) reduces the lifespan of the impellers.

2.) Pumps run cooler.

3.) You can use bilge pumps instead of iivewell pumps, more reliable, higher flows.

4.) Less holes in the bottom of the boat.

Basically, this practice was started by tournament guys who got tired of constantly failing livewell pumps. Carrying spares and doing "at sea" retrofits gets old and a better system was needed.
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why does the white sea chest have what appears to be four water inlets?,
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Not to derail the thread. Had a few things custom done by Fred Herman a few years back but I heard he retired and was not working now. Let me know if I got the wrong info.

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Last time I saw Fred Herman he had a shop called "Canvas Craft" in Miami
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Last time I saw Fred Herman he had a shop called "Canvas Craft" in Miami
"Canvas Craft" is his wife Stephanie's business.
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I don't know how you could buy one (?)

The ones I've seen are basically boxes built-in with some big azz holes or through hulls through the bottom of the boat on diesel inboards. The top of the chest is above the waterline. Got room for this?

Why do you want a sea chest on a CC?
Just so you know:

1. You must live in a small world as there are several places you can buy them.

2. The top of the chest does not have to be above the waterline.

3. Advantages are listed above.
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"Canvas Craft" is his wife Stephanie's business.
Which explains why he was there...Thanks for the clarification.
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Fred is still in the rigging business, but on a greatly reduced scale at their house, whereas Stephanie's business is in an industrial park.
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Having the top of the sea chest above the water line is a good idea. If you get a leak you won't have a steady flow into bilge.
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